This week Year One were lucky enough to experience possibly our muddiest day yet at Forest School! As usual, the children were given free choice over their activities although many chose to complete the set activity making paintbrushes from natural materials and then using them to creat mud paintings. As you can see, they also had a fabulous time on their home made mud slide and putting up dens in the conservation area.
Forest School principles were first brought to the UK in the 1990’s from the highly successful Scandinavian practise. The forest schools operate on the principle that children of all ages can benefit greatly from the hands on learning opportunities inherently presented in an outdoor environment. We aim to provide a structured implementation of play based activities and an opportunity for children to explore their natural environment. Building a sense of independence, high self-esteem, risk taking, developing confidence and communication skills are the main objectives throughout each session. Each Forest School session will have a maximum of 15 children and a minimum of two adults including our Forest School trained teacher, Mrs Djiallis.
This is an exciting new addition to our curriculum at Ashfield Park which we are very pleased to be able to offer as part of our commitment to providing a broad and balanced education for your child.